James, Greene on board for all-star soccer game
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Two Bartow County soccer players will be participating today in the Stump on Sports Tennessee-Georgia All-Star Girls Soccer Classic.

Sydney James, a Cartersville star goalie, and Cassidy Greene, a star player from Adairsville, will be teammates on the Georgia team.

James anchored a stout Cartersville defense this past season that gave up just nine goals while recording 11 shutouts.

The Canes finished with an 11-6 overall record and were 10-4 in Region 5-AAA. They lost to Oconee County in the state playoffs.

Greene led her team to the state playoffs. The Tigers finished 10-8 overall and were 7-7 in Region 5-AAA. They lost to Jackson County in the playoffs.

Whitney (Brown) Stinson, a 2004 LaFayette High graduate who played in the game that year, will coach the Georgia team as it competes in the eighth annual event today at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga.

Stinson is the first person to have played in the All-Star Classic Series, in any sport, and later serve as a head coach in that same game.

She says she has fond memories of that inaugural clash nearly a decade ago.

“I remember Tennessee was really good that year,” said Stinson, who just finished her first season as the head coach of her high school alma mater. “It was also really nice to play with a bunch of the girls that I had played against in high school. I knew some of them, but it was really cool to get to know the girls on both teams, and we really respected each others’ talents.

“A game like this one is fun because with Tennessee playing soccer in the fall and Georgia playing in the spring, we never get a chance to show how we can compete with Tennessee in the regular season.”

Stinson will be coaching in place of Heritage's Stacy Dunfee, who will be unable to attend the match.

“It was a privilege to be asked by Stacy to take her place and I’m very thankful she thought of me,” Stinson added. “When she asked me, I didn’t even hesitate to say yes. This is more than exciting for me to be able to coach the seniors who are the best of the best in north Georgia. I’m looking forward to meeting all of the girls and seeing what we can do against a Tennessee team I know will be good.”

Stinson will get to coach one of her graduated seniors, Jessica Ingram, one final time as well as three former Heritage High standouts in Kansas Carpenter, Katelyn Beekman and Blair Harden. That trio helped the Lady Generals to a No. 2 state ranking and a Final Four appearance in Class AAAA this spring.

Other local girls scheduled to play for Georgia include LFO’s Kalina Hyde and Mary Casey, Cedartown’s Devin Mueller and Morgan Gore, Adairsville’s Green, Sonoraville's Tori Ralston, and Cartersville’s James.

Chattanooga Futbol Club will once again host the matches and serve as a sponsor.

The girls' match will begin at 1:30 p.m., followed by a boys’ match at 3:30. CFC will end the evening with a 7:30 match and fans can watch all three matches for $5.

CFC’s match will be a “Pink Out” to support breast cancer awareness.

The organization has partnered with the Memorial Health Care System and the MaryEllen Locher Breast Center for the match. Players will wear special pink jerseys that will be auctioned off with proceeds going to the MaryEllen Locher Breast Center. Fans also are encouraged to wear pink for the match.

— Sports writer Scott Herpst contributed to this report.